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October 21, 2011
My Frugal Life: Of Misers and Motherhood
My father shared the title of his self published book "The Miser's Muniment." In the mid eighties, with freewheeling credit within the reach of practically everyone, hardly anyone was interested in reading about misers.
Caution when Reusing Food Containers
I have a habit of re-using containers from food and drink items. This morning my visiting son yelled to me that the coffee creamer had gone bad. I knew immediately what had happened.
It is so easy to make Jello at home. Making it at home gives you endless flavor possibilities. Be creative and enjoy!
Wildlife: Feeding Grasshopper
I've always been curious about what grasshoppers eat. While walking the dogs with my husband, one day I found out.
Scenery: Fall (White Mountain Wilderness,...
My husband and I took a 4 hour hike along Trail #22 in White Mountain Wilderness, Ruidoso, New Mexico. I was moved by its beauty. This is a place we return to every year.
Scenery: Harvest Moon
I took this picture of the moon last winter.
Scenery: Hot Air Balloon Reflections (Rio...
While I was taking a balloon ride, these two balloons were side by side. Their reflections appeared in the water as they gently floated above the Rio Grande River in New Mexico. Thought it would be an awesome photo and it was.
Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from Plastic
This is a guide about removing permanent marker from plastic. While it's never easy to remove permanent marker, there are some things you can try.
Tips for Cold Prevention And Treatment
I can't tell you how many people, either in my life or on Facebook, have already been struck down this year with a cold; not just a sneeze, but really ill. So here we go again; what do we do, is there anything?
Baked Potato Recipes
This is a guide about making a baked potato. Baked potatoes can be a meal by themselves or as a side dish. There are a number of different ways to cook a baked potato.
Use Spray Household Cleaner For Dry Erase Board
I simply use household cleaner spray (409 in my case). Everything comes off easily. A few spots might need a little scrubbing, but not much. And the board comes out sparkling white.
Store Bikes On Your Garage Wall
When I dropped off my bike to be serviced at the local bike shop, the salesman showed me how they hang the bikes on large J-hooks and alternate the height of the hooks so they can hang them closer together.
Keeping Jewelry Neat and Organized
I have found that using a piece of plastic canvas to store earrings keeps them organized, together, and visible. I cut a doorknob hanger shape into the plastic canvas and hang my earrings on the inside of the bedroom door.
Waxing "Rough" Zippers
I have a couple of pairs of jeans with zippers that are difficult to zip up. They do not zip as smoothly as they used to. I took an old tapered candle and rubbed it up and down both sides of the zipper to coat the metal teeth. Zips so much easier now!
Surviving on the Blind Side
I've noticed more than one of my TF family is experiencing vision loss. This article is for you.
Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from...
This is a guide about removing permanent ink from fabric. Permanent marker is called "permanent" for a reason. It's very difficult to remove. While difficult to remove, there are some things you can try.
Keeping Costs Down For A Party
When my daughter was little, the Dollar Tree didn't exist. I found things at thrift shops and made things. I always made sure it wasn't "age specific". In other words, the streamers, banners, etc. were generic.
Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from a...
This is a guide about removing permanent ink from a computer screen. It can be difficult to remove Sharpie from your computer screen. Abrasive clothes and certain cleaners cannot be used on your screen.
Bug Scoop For Removing Stink Bugs
My trick to removing stink bugs is to use an empty Christmas wrapping paper tube. All you need to do is fold over one end, and use that one for a 'handle' Then you can get those crawling, flying pests; just 'scoop' them up.
Toothpaste for Silver Jewelry
Rub on toothpaste and just wash off. This works great for silver jewelry!
Homemade Fly Traps
This is a guide about homemade fly traps. Houseflies can be extremely annoying and hard to get rid of. They can also carry many diseases. Once they get in your house they're nearly impossible to get rid of. Stop these pets and save money by making your own fly traps.
Cheap Candle Making Kits
Does anyone know where I can get cheap candle making kits? I have collected a bunch of beer bottles and other types of used glass bottles from my fridge and cupboard and wanted to make a ton of candles for the winter time (to line the yard with candles for Christmas instead of using paper bags).
Mineral Oil For Dog's Ears
Take some mineral oil and put a few drops in your dog's ear with a baby's ear dropper or ask a pharmacist for one. Gently rub your dog's ear to get the oil inside the ear and let the oil stay in the ear for about 3-5 minutes.
Determining the Value of Porcelain Dolls
I have about 20 or more porcelain dolls, in glass cases wrapped in plastic. None have ever been opened or touched. I also have a princess Diana doll in her wedding gown standing own a rod. How do I find out the value?
Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from a CD or...
This is a guide about removing Sharpie from a CD or DVD. Removing permanent ink from a CD or DVD can be difficult. When removing the ink you need to be careful to not damage the disc.
Using Salt to Kill Fleas
Should the salt be made into a powder before putting it on the carpet?
Kahlua (Afghan Hound)
I adopted Kahlua during Thanksgiving weekend of 2009. I saw her online at the local SPCA shelter and went to go look at her. I fell in love when I saw her skinny little self behind the cage door, I just had to add her to my family.
Mary (Pygmy Goat)
Mary is a 7 year old Pygmy goat. When I was in high school, my mother ran a daycare service out of our country home. Two little girls, who she watched, lived just down the road from us.
Is My Dog a Pure Bred Chihuahua?
She was given to me and I just wanted to know if she was pure bred?
Scenery: Water Lilies (Kew Gardens, England)
I was fortunate enought to be able to go to England. Kew Gardens is the home of King George. Remember the movie "The Madness of King George"? It is a beautiful place with history, flowers, statuary, and educational exhibits.
I thought this guy was absolutely adorable! He crawled around on my husband's organic borage blossoms for a long period of time, offering me ample opportunity for shots!
Garden: Lavender Roses
These lavender roses were a birthday gift from DD. They looked like "Sterling Silver". But they didn't smell like them nor did they open like them.
My sweet grandson always comes over to weed eat in my yard. He cannot tell a weed from a new plant I've put out and has hacked a few of my plants down by accident. Now I cut the top and bottom out of a tin can.
Unravel Rope For Multiple Cords
The long stemmed flowers were all on the ground. There was a need to tie them up a bit, but I didn't have enough of the end of a cord roll to do both. So, I unraveled the tri-cord and then had three separate cords.
Variation Of Square Foot Gardening
I had a nice 15x15 foot garden plot roto-tilled and weeded midsummer. I felt overwhelmed by the work it would take to organize, maintain it weed-free, and then plant it next spring. I happened to read about square foot gardening and decided to do a variation on that.
Sneakers Smell Like Petroleum After Washing
I washed my sneakers in the washing machine. Now they have a petroleum-like odor. I have tried baking soda, bleach, vinegar, dryer sheets, and repeated washings. Any other ideas? The shoes were relatively new and this was the first time to be washed.
One Dog Food for Older and Younger Dogs
I have a 13 year old Boxer (who thinks she is 5, very playful still) and I have 2 Frenchies, 8 months and 1 year old. Buying three different kinds of food is breaking me. All three of them seem to hate dry food. Is there anything out there all three of them can eat?
Charities to Help With Christmas
I need help badly for Christmas this year. Ccan anyone help me please? God bless you.
Dog Chews Up Bedding When Left Home Alone
My dog has everything a dog can have, even more; she lives better than many Americans in this hard economic situation. My dog needs attention and love I guess every second because if not she destroys things.
Name Ideas for a Cake and Candy Making Business
My sister-in-law and I make cakes, cupcakes, and chocolates for all occasions and are going to be starting a business. We need help coming up with a name. Right now we do it out of her home, but we eventually are going to rent a building. Please help.
Preparing Container Plants for Winter
For most of us, the first hard frosts of fall mark the end of container gardening season. Here are some tips for tidying up your dead or dormant plants, moving your favorites indoors, and cleaning up and storing your containers for the winter.
Painting a Ceiling With Can Lights
Is there a easy way of painting a kitchen ceiling that has downlights fitted into it? Do I have to try and pop them out or must I navigate around them? Any advice would be appreciated.
Steel Food Barrels
I was wondering where I could get used steel food barrels for a project I want to make at home. Thank you.
Discontinued Target Tablecloth
I bought a table cloth two years ago at Target. It has stripes of brown, orange, purple, rust, cream, and green. I love it and want another, anyone out there have what I am looking for? Thanks for any type of help!
Removing a Decal from Clothing
I have a cloth type jacket and I want the decal taken off. How can I do this?
What is This Houseplant?
Do you think it is a type of croton, or pothos, or?
The perfect Halloween craft for kids, glow-in-the-dark slime! Also makes a great Halloween party favor for kids. Free gift tag printable.
Broccoli and Toasted Almonds with Lemon Butter
If you're looking for a quick and easy dish and like these four ingredients what's not to love?
Homemade Apple Pectin
Apples are very high in pectin, used to thicken jellies and jams. Pectin is very good for you, and is even added to supplements and touted as being good for your heart. I can't vouch for their health benefits, but you know what they say about apples and doctors!
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